debian problems, please help

Gregory Nowak greg at
Sun Nov 23 17:07:14 EST 2003

Hi all.

I know that a debian mirrors problem was posted about recently on this
list, but I decided to do an apt-get update
and apt-get -u dist-upgrade on my play box, since I haven't done that
for a week, and am using debian unstable.

After running apt-get -u dist-upgrade for the first time, and then for
a second time, I got the
below errors.

apt-get -u dist-upgrade
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Calculating Upgrade... Done
The following packages will be upgraded
  python python2.3
2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
16 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B/2897kB of archives.
After unpacking 16.4kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 20978 files and directories currently
Preparing to replace python 2.3.2-3 (using .../python_2.3.2-6_all.deb)
Unpacking replacement python ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/python_2.3.2-6_all.deb
 trying to overwrite `/usr/share/doc/python2.3/python-policy.html',
 which is also in package python2.3
dpkg: considering removing python in favour of python2.3 ...
dpkg: no, cannot remove python (--auto-deconfigure will help):
 python-newt depends on python (<< 2.4)
  python is to be removed.
dpkg: regarding .../python2.3_2.3.2-6_i386.deb containing python2.3:
 python2.3 conflicts with python (<= 2.3.2-5)
  python (version 2.3.2-3) is installed.
dpkg: error processing
/var/cache/apt/archives/python2.3_2.3.2-6_i386.deb (--unpack):
 conflicting packages - not installing python2.3
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I then tried dpkg --auto-deconfigure as suggested above, but got a
message saying that no action was specified, or something like that.

Then, I ran apt-get -u dist-upgrade for the third time, and got the
same error messages as above.

Can someone please help get me out of this mess?


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